German Start-ups in Troubled Waters?

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by Volker Beissenhirtz, Legal Partner at Schultze & Braun GmbH Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft While the public hype about start-ups is globally still unbroken, the recently cancelled IPO of WeWork indicates that there might be troubled waters ahead for start-ups. In Germany, a recent study shows that numerous fintechs have already run out of steam in recent years. […]

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How Wearables Are Fueling Healthcare Innovation

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by Marc Fischer, Co-Founder and CEO of Dogtown Media Wearables are making an unprecedented impact on the medical field. Users are able to form a more complete picture of their health, and physicians are able to glean insights and take action faster. Countless opportunities have opened up for innovators to improve how we manage medical […]

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Litigation Finance in the Post-Madoff World

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by Gary Chodes, Litigation Finance Industry Pioneer and founder of industry leaders Oasis, Courthouse Investments and Signal Funding We are now seeing substantial litigation financing activity involving brand name hedge funds players as well as publicly-traded closed-end funds and business development companies (”BDCs”). Activist investors and boards of directors may now use (or be exposed […]

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Sustainability Trends in Expedition Cruising

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by Hans Lagerweij, President of Albatros Travel THE CRUISE INDUSTRY AND SUSTAINABILITY   The cruise industry is a hot topic in the global sustainability conversation, often for unflattering reasons. Princess Cruises’ recent illegal dump of plastic material in the Bahamas highlights a history of environmental violations. The cruise industry’s carbon emissions are under scrutiny, as […]

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External Data Increases Information Governance Risks

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by Matthew Bernstein, Information Management Strategist at MC Bernstein Data Companies are more and more reliant on finding value in their data, while regulators, politicians, and the public are increasing their scrutiny of how companies use consumers’ data.   Massive amounts of available data, commoditized IT infrastructure (e.g., storage and compute), and presumed value to […]

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Determining the Real “Hidden” Value of a Data Center

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by Gerrit Jan de Vries, Senior Sales Manager of Global Connectivity at VEON Are you an investor or customer considering investing in data centers? Chances are, you have already asked yourself how do you determine the real value of a data center? Before investing, you should learn what data center cross-connects are and why they […]

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Oklahoma Opioid Trial Result: A Pig in a Poke?

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by Andrew S. Pollis, Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Law We now have the long-awaited result in the Oklahoma trial against Johnson & Johnson (J&J). While the State of Oklahoma convinced the trial judge that J&J engaged in a public nuisance and that it must now pay $572 million to abate, the amount […]

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Think of Compliance Before Selling or Buying a Small Business

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by Michael Lamm, Owner and Managing Partner at Corporate Advisory Solutions, LLC Only one-third of the approximately 32 million small US businesses counted by the US Census Bureau have employees and must meet a weekly payroll. While all small businesses are vital to the economic health of our country, I am only referencing the one-third […]

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Building a Culture of Innovation

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by Joseph E. Fournier, President & Vice Chairman, Invenias Partners Forbes annually publishes its roster of the World’s Most Innovative Companies. The 2018 list is more than a roll call of Silicon Valley tech companies, with Alphabet only ranked #75 while ServiceNow ranked #1. Sipping a coffee at Starbucks (#30) and reviewing a few firm […]

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The “Impact” in Impact Investing

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by Nick Bayard, President & CEO, Bayard Consulting At a quarter of a trillion dollars, the market for impact investing is enormous and rapidly growing. Investors who expect a double or triple bottom line are expecting those who steward their finances to conduct thoughtful due diligence on companies that claim to be having a positive […]

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